Florida wins inaugural golf event by 10 strokes


DALLAS, Texas. — After having their second nine-under round of the tournament, the Florida men’s golf team won the inaugural Trinity Forest Invitational.

Florida ran away from the field on the final day, winning by 10 strokes by finishing the week with a score of 835 (-17).

This is the first tournament win for preseason No. 10 Florida, as it last win came at the Mason Rudolph in the spring. The Gators were helped on by having two of the top three finishers in the field.

Gordon Neale shot up the leaderboard in the final round by carding a career-low 63 (-8) round. Neale recorded an eagle and six birdies to keep his scorecard bogey-free. This helped him move up 20 spots to finish the event in second place. Teammate Andy Zhang was right behind Neale in a tie for third by carding a final round of 67 (-4), which also included an eagle on the par-five 11th.

“Today was an amazing day for our team,” UF coach JC Deacon said. “We’ve been working so hard to be patient and discipline in the big moments and we did exactly that today. For Gordon and Andy to lead us the way they did today is special. They are both going to be integral to our success.

“Wins like today don’t happen too often so I’m going to make sure everyone really enjoys it. That was the definition of a team win.”